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Hamilton faces FIA over wearing jewelery in competition

Hamilton faces FIA over wearing jewelery in competition

“If they stop me, let them do it”: the seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton assured this Friday that he will not remove his jewels as the International Automobile Federation (FIA) asked the drivers, even if that means missing the Miami Grand Prix this weekend.

“We have reserve drivers so we are ready and prepared for the weekend. There are many things to do in this city, so I will be fine anyway, “joked the Briton at a press conference, dressed in his rings, necklaces, earrings, nose piercings and no less than three watches around his wrists, aligned with different time zones.

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Although the ban on wearing jewelry on board single-seaters was introduced in 2005 as a safety measure, it has never really been enforced by drivers.

But this season, the new FIA race director, Niels Wittich, decided to tighten the screw to enforce the measure.

A first reminder was made during the Australian GP in early April, the third round of the season. “The use of jewelry in the form of piercings or metal chains around the neck is prohibited during the competition and, therefore, can be checked before the start,” he recalled on the sidelines of the Miami GP.

And to justify it, he argued: “the use of jewelry during the competition can hinder medical interventions as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment if necessary after an accident.”

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“We have progressed so much as a sport (…) I have been practicing this sport for 16 years. I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years,” lamented the Mercedes driver, who says that “in the car he only has his earrings and a nose ring” that I can’t even take off.

If the measure does not delight Hamilton, he also judges it “useless to get into a fight.”

“I will try to communicate and work with Mohammed (FIA President Ben Sulayem, editor’s note), I am here to be an ally to the sport, to Mohammed and to F1 and I think we have things to do and an impact to make. so that’s where we have to focus,” he said. (AFP)

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